Sometimes, life gets difficult. But it’s important to remember that even the most successful people need inspiration to drive them forward when things get tough. If you have been discouraged lately and are in need of some uplifting wisdom, here are ten great inspirational quotes that’ll inspire you to persevere!
Quote 1: Mary Ann Evans – A leading writer in the Victorian Era, free-spirited Mary Ann Evans wrote under the pen name George Eliot to ensure her work would be taken seriously. Still, she did not allow the fact that she was a woman hinder her dreams.
Quote 2: Alan Kay – Alan Kay is known for his pioneering work in computer science. He has been an Apple Fellow at Apple Computers, was a Disney Fellow at Walt Disney Imagineering, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He’s also a former professional jazz guitarist.
Quote 3: William H. Prescott – Despite having a serious impairment with his vision, William H. Prescott had eidetic memory and while he could not read or write for himself, he overcame his challenges to become the first and one of the most widely translated American scientific historians.
Quote 4: Milton Berle – Milton Berle was a successful Jewish actor and comedian and is considered to be the first American TV star. He’s a great example of not letting age stand in the way of one’s dreams: He was 12 when he made his stage debut, 16 when he started working as the Master of Ceremonies in Vaudville, and by the time he was 20 he was a successful stand-up comedian. And his career only went up from there.
Quote 5: Lao Tzu – Lau Tzu—also known as Laozi—was an ancient Chinese philosopher. The founder of Taoism, he is a central figure in Chinese culture.
Quote 6: Albert Einstein – Einstein is perhaps the most famous theoretical physicist, and developed the general theory of relativity. Of course, he didn’t do any of this until he began to question Newtonian mechanics. A great reminder to always push boundaries and ask questions, even when others aren’t asking them.
Quote 7: Winston Churchill – A famous historian, writer, and officer in the British Army, Churchill was the first “honorary” citizen of the U.S. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature and in WWII inspired his country’s resistance to Nazi Germany, helping lead Britain to victory. Churchill reminds us to honor all our strengths, no matter how varied they are.
Quote 8: Maya Angelou – Maya Angelou was an author and activist. She wrote poetry, essays, plays, and—what originally brought her acclaim—a series of seven autobiographies. In her lifetime, she received over 50 honorary degrees and dozens of literary awards. Learn from Angelou’s incredible life story and remember to always stand back up when life knocks you down.
Quote 9: Oprah Winfrey – Oprah Winfrey is sometimes called the “Queen of All Media” and is best known for her popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is the only female African American billionaire, and is considered to be one of the most influential and inspiring women in the world. Oprah is a wonderful example of the phrase, “the sky’s the limit.” Pave your own way to success!
Quote 10: Walt Disney – Walt Disney was an animator, entrepreneur, cartoonist, and film producer. The original voice for his famous character Mickey Mouse, Disney’s legacy continues to live on through his parks and, of course, through Walt Disney Studios. Walt Disney reminds us that if we dream big, our legacy can live on long after we are gone.